Three Alumni Honored at Awards Dinner

Friday, October 03, 2008
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Awards Dinner Caps off Alumni and Family Weekend

Manchester, N.H. (Oct. 3, 2008) – Southern New Hampshire University capped off its Alumni and Family Weekend celebration with its Alumni Awards Dinner in the Hospitality Restaurant on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Honorees were Robert J. Finlay ’92, elected to the Alumni Hall of Fame; Robert P. Schiavoni ’72, presented with the Alumni Distinguished Service award; and Jason F. DeMarzo ‘03, presented with the Young Alumni Award.

Started in 1932 as the New Hampshire College of Accounting and Commerce, SNHU now boasts 43,000 alumni worldwide.

 Finlay began his career on Wall Street with Credit Suisse First Boston, Lehman Brothers and Deutsche Bank, specializing in capital markets and commercial real estate. He founded the Commercial Defeasance Company in 2001 and sold it five years later; he remains on the company’s board of directors.

He works on behalf of the New Hampshire Make-a-Wish Foundation and Friends of Forgotten Children in Concord. In 2005 he received the Champion for Children with Disabilities Award from the Allegro Foundation. Finlay became the 18th member elected to school’s Alumni Hall of Fame. Finlay also sits on the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation board of trustees.

“I have known Rob for 20 years and I can personally tell you he is one of the most dedicated, loyal, philanthropic, caring and energetic individuals I have ever met,” said SNHU Director of Alumni and Major Gifts Michael DeBlasi.

Schiavoni, SNHU’s director of residence life, has been an active member of the university’s alumni association for over 30 years. His work in the Manchester community includes serving as mediator for Manchester Youth and Family Services, and volunteering for Manchester Mental Health, Manchester Family Planning and Manchester Youth Soccer, to name a few.

The Alumni Distinguished Service Award, established in 1991, was presented by Dr. George J. Larkin, retired SNHU vice president for Student Affairs.

Established in 2000, the Young Alumni Award was designed to recognize younger alumni who graduated within the past five years and have demonstrated leadership and support of the Alumni Association, the SNHU Alumni Board and SNHU.

DeMarzo, a 3Year Honors Program graduate, accepted a position with New York Life in 2003 and became a member of the firm’s President’s Council and the Million Dollar Roundtable and was promoted to partner in 2006.

“Jay has a gift and coupled with his personality, amazing work ethic and loyalty to his family, friends and alma mater, have created a outstanding young alum that any institution would be proud to call its own,” said SNHU School of Business Assistant Dean Ashley Liadis.

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